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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Brunch Bites: New NOSHables and Brunch for Lunch at Big Jones Restaurant

In this week's latest batch of brunch (and brunch-adjacent) news, The NOSH debuts a new noshable and Big Jones amplifies its lunch menu with a little help from brunch.


Chicago's newest way to brunch is by noshing at The NOSH. The weekly food market in Wicker Park brings together a broad mix of movers and shakers in the city's food scene, amassing a tasty melting pot of eclectic eats for guests to peruse and sample. The roster of food vendors is always shifting, augmenting some weekly staples with newcomers and keeping the roster fresh. It's not brunch in the traditional sense (no bottomless mimosas here), but rather a fun alternative and a unique space to get your fill of weekend morning grub. The latest entry to The NOSH pantheon is Starland, a new restaurant from chef Theo Gilbert of Ripasso and Terragusto acclaim. Starland will dazzle attendees this Saturday with housemade squash cappellacci strewn with brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies, as well as slow-roasted pork sandwiches with arugula and rosemary oil. Other noshables this weekend include fresh tamales from Mixteco Grill, contemporary Asian eats from Bento Box, and two competition barbecue aficionados: Fat Kat'z BBQ and Head's Red BBQ. The NOSH is free to attend, though dishes obviously cost money. This isn't your living room, guys. It takes place every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


One of the world's greatest injustices is that brunch is not an everyday repast like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sometimes you just wake up in the middle of the week craving brunch and all the delicious lethargy that accompanies it. Why should anyone be deprived of this? Thankfully, Big Jones addresses these cravings by adding weekend brunch dishes to its weekday lunch menu, allowing patrons to get their mid-week fill of eggs and griddled goodness. While the restaurant's fried chicken Boarding House Lunch has been madly popular, chef/owner Paul Fehribach has been looking to expand his lunchtime offerings, and where better to turn than brunch? After all, brunch is basically just lunch's sassy, indulgent sibling. For his latest menu additions, Fehribach turned to some of his favorite brunch recipes, including eggs New Orleans, buckwheat banana pancakes, breakfast pozole, and omelettes.


Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones
(Eggs New Orleans at Big Jones. Photo: Big Jones)

Neighborhoods: AndersonvilleLakeviewBucktownWicker ParkWicker Park

Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Chef Raul Arreola (ex-Topolobampo, Fonda del Mar) serves up fine moles and other superior sauces at this upscale casual Mexican cafe.


The NOSH is a weekly food market held every Saturday at the A.N. Pritzker School playground in Wicker Park. Created by "Chief Nosher" Alan Kannof, the festival brings together a...


The latest concept from acclaimed chef Theo Gilbert (Terragusto, Ripasso), Starland dazzles guests with a unique brand of locally sourced Midwestern comfort food in a Bucktown space reminiscent of a...




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